- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FREEDOM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in Michigan are investigating the deaths of a family of trumpeter swans whose carcasses were found along a road.

Scio Township resident Emily Bauerle discovered the five dead waterfowl near a pond Wednesday morning in Freedom Township in Washtenaw County, The Ann Arbor News (https://bit.ly/2aZP8yA ) reported.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Humane Society of Huron Valley and the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office are investigating the swans’ deaths.

The swans were struck between 7:15 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday by a vehicle that ran off the right side of the road and close to the pond’s edge, according to the sheriff’s office.

“With the evidence left at the scene, it appears they were deliberately ran over,” Sgt. Keith Flores said. “There were good tire tracks left at the scene.”

Bauerle said she would pass the pond four times a day and see the swans grooming and paddling about.

“It saddens me that people can’t leave nature alone,” she said.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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